Villa Il Pozzino in Florence

Villa Il Pozzino is located in one of the most loved area by the Medici, though in this case, the villa belonged to Florentine nobles and not just the Medici family. The coat of arms of the house is the crest of the Grazzini family: red and gold vertical stripes in the middle and a blue horizontal stripe at the top.

The original building is a large tower that in the fifteenth century belonged to Carnesecchi. In 1576 it was sold to the Campani and in 1586 to the Grazzini. The family Grazzini enlarged and embellished the tower house, transforming it into a villa. At the beginning of the seventeenth century the courtyard walls were frescoed. During the same period Giovan Francesco Grazzini asked the painter Pietro Salvestrini to fresco the loggia of the first floor. He chose to decorate this part of the villa with beautiful geometric patterns in red, blue and green. The painter painted landscapes and scenes of real life as the medieval games loved by the Florentines: the Florentine soccer and horse racing called 'Palio dei cocchi' and 'corsa dei barberi'. Inotre, there are some mythological scenes such as the Parnassus near allegorical figures and some references to the masks of the Commedia dell'Arte.

Another important painter of the time was Giovanni Mannozzi who in 1630 painted the courtyard with images of laundresses and peasants. In these scenes there is a certain irony on the countryside life: the washerwomen are disturbed by the satyrs and the peasants are robbed by gypsies.

In the eighteenth century the family Grazzini called Luigi Ardemollo who came from Milan to Tuscany to paint the great fresco of the gallery on the ground floor of the villa. The pictorial decoration of Ardemollo is known as the Triumph of Alexander the Great. In the nineteenth century the villa was sold repeatedly. The owners were the Bartolini Baldelli, the Mori Ubaldini Alberti, the Lucii and finally Gilli, who made major renovations.
A selection of our most requested villas in the area:
Villa Simone Luxury villa sleeping 8 a few kilometres from Gambassi Terme, in the heart of Florence countryside. Garden, swimming pool, hydromassage, Internet connection. Tennis court, riding stable and golf club nearby. Possibility of organising horseback and mountain-bike rides in the neighbourhood. More details
Villa Montespertoli Villa for holidays on the hills of the Florentine countryside. Accommodation for 12+2 people, garden, private swimming pool, hydro massage, Internet connection. More details
Villa San Godenzo Villa with annexed cottage sleeping 6 in Valdisieve, near San Godenzo (Florence). Garden, barbecue, whirlpool swimming pool, air conditioning, Internet connection. A few kilometres from Lake Bilancino and the National Park of Casentino Forests. More details
Villa Anietta Small villa sleeping 6 near Reggello, in Valdisieve, just a few kilometres from Florence. Swimming pool, Internet connection, air conditioning. Cooking lessons, dinners and guided tours are organised upon request. More details